Roberto Martinez wants to sign him on loan until the end of the season, allowing the Belgian international to enjoy consistent first-team football - something he has lacked under Louis van Gaal’s regime in Manchester.
After his breakthrough season last term, big things were expected of Januzaj, but he has made just 12 Premier League appearances this term. He was named in the starting XI on Saturday as the Red Devils overcame Leicester City, but he has been nothing but a bit-part player under the Dutch coach.
A loan move away would seemingly make sense, as it would allow the 19-year-old to continue with his development in a top quality league, but it appears as if nothing will come to fruition before the close of the transfer window this evening, with his entourage and agent claiming that Januzaj will not be leaving Old Trafford.
Belgian media outlet HLN spoke to Januzaj’s representatives, and they are confident that there will be no change in the youngster’s situation, despite the interest from Everton. Hull City, PSG and Real Sociedad are other interested parties named in the story, and the claims that no deal will happen extend to those clubs as well.
What does this mean for Everton?
With Kevin Mirallas linked with a transfer to Tottenham, as per the Standard, Januzaj was targeted as a short-term fix for the potential departure of his Belgian teammate. However, the same Standard report claims that a summer transfer is more likely, making the need for Januzaj less urgent. The Toffees seemingly have a good enough squad to fight for their survival in the top flight, and it is hard to see how Januzaj would be able to improve the current situation.
What does this mean for Manchester United?
For the Red Devils, it is likely that there will be no incoming transfers by the close of the transfer window, and it looks as if Januzaj will remain at Old Trafford as a back-up option for the wealth of attacking talent on show in Manchester. Van Gaal clearly intends to keep the youngster in case of an injury problem to one of his top-class stars, even if that prevents him securing consistent first-team football to aid his development.